The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Upcoming Events

May 25, 2018

We invite you to join us for a series of programming to understand intellectual property (IP). Part III in the series will focus on the benefits of searching, working with the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system, keyword searching vs. CPC searching, the 7-step search process, and...

May 29, 2018

Building Commerce's Financial Management Future Maximizing Information for Decision Making Managing Resources to Achieve Commerce Goals Leveraging Best Practices Investing in Individual and Organizational Performance Opportunities Department of Commerce 2018 Financial Management Training US Patent...

May 29, 2018

Purposefully You! Inc. encourages and empowers at-risk students in middle school and high school to identify with their talents and gifts to prepare them for higher education to connect them with a fulfilling career path that promotes purposeful living. The motto for this career day event centers...

May 30, 2018

As part of its Patents Education Curriculum, the Silicon Valley USPTO will host a two-hour workshop on patent searching. Learn to search databases used by patent examiners on the USPTO Universal Public Workstations (UPWS) which are publicly available at the regional office. A supervisory patent...

May 30, 2018

Learn about the Rocky Mountain Regional Office's impact on the community and meet TTAB Chief Judge Gerard Rogers, Regional Director Molly Kocialski, Patent Comissioner Drew Hirshfeld, and Associate Solicitor Joseph Matal. Visit with a few of the regional office's valued collaborators and take a...

May 31, 2018

Join us at the 16th Annual The Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Law Institute (RMIPI) . You’ll hear from USPTO officials as well as national practice and thought leaders. The RMIPI will equip you with information on the latest developments in areas such as internet and mobile...

May 31, 2018

Topic: DOCX Filing and Patent Center Update We invite you to join us for one of our upcoming informational sessions on DOCX Filing and Patent Center Update. Several members of the eMod (eCommerce Modernization) team will share information and conduct a demo and question and answer period about the...

June 1, 2018

Please join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as we participate in Education Day as part of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Mini Maker Faire in St. Paul, Minnesota. Learn about intellectual property as well as engage in a hands-on activity with photochromatic materials...

June 1, 2018

The Silicon Valley USPTO will host an informational public tour of its office located in the 3-story Wing building of the San Jose City Hall Complex. Participants will tour the office and learn about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from USPTO representatives. The event is free and open to the...

June 2, 2018

Please join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as we participate in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Mini Maker Faire in St. Paul, Minnesota. Learn about intellectual property as well as engage in a hands-on activity with photochromatic materials. To register in advance,...

News & Updates

May 15, 2018 USPTO Announces Recipients of 2017 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate

Alexandria, VA– The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the recipients of the 2017 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate in recognition of individuals who help make the Patent Pro Bono Program available to financially…

May 15, 2018 USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

Alexandria, VA– The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before…

May 9, 2018 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Keynote 2018 National Trademark Expo

Washington - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the 2018 National Trademark Expo at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. on…

March 22, 2018 USPTO Announces Exhibitors for 2018 National Trademark Expo

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the exhibitors chosen for the 2018 National Trademark Expo at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution on Friday,…

March 11, 2018 USPTO Unveils New Patent Cover Design at South by Southwest (SXSW)

Austin - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today unveiled the new design of the patent grant cover during a special ceremony at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. The redesigned cover will debut on patent number 10 million which is expected to…

After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0

The After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) is part of the USPTO's on-going efforts towards compact prosecution and increased collaboration between examiners and stakeholders.

After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0

The After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) is part of the USPTO's on-going efforts towards compact prosecution and increased collaboration between examiners and stakeholders.